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The 5 things you must ask when booking entertainers

The entertainment industry is completely un-regulated. This means that anyone can advertise themselves with no formal qualifications or accreditations. While most performers want to do the right thing by their clients, there are some who will try and get away with anything they can. If you are booking a clown to come to your house or workplace, these are the questions you need to ask every performer you book.

What’s your full name?

While this may seem common sense, many performers use a stage name that is different from their legal name. This is obvious most of the time, but it’s always a good idea to double check.

What is your ABN?

Any performer you book should have an ABN. This allows you to do some basic background research and verify question one. You can look up an ABN here. If they don’t have an ABN, this is a serious red-flag: it suggests that they do everything under the table and may not satisfy questions three.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?

While 99% of performances go off without a hitch, sometimes the unthinkable happens and people get hurt. Public liability insurance covers the performer should anyone be injured as a result of their actions. If you want to be ultra-sure about their insurance, get a copy of their ‘certificate of currency’.

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Double check that they are covered for the activities you are booking the clown for. This is always listed on the certificate of currency, and many performers are covered for more things than they normally do. A certificate of currency often looks like this:

Do you have a working with children check?

The working with children check is a service provided by the Office of the Childrens Guardian and is a pre-requisite for any one in child related work. The check looks at a persons background including any convictions, charges or juvenile records. People who have received clearance are monitored for five years which is the duration of the check.

Can I get that in writing?

To avoid any misunderstandings, get the performer to provide a list of inclusions in writing. This can just be a quick email or a formal invoice – this will vary from performer to performer.

 

With these 5 pieces of information, you should be on your way to having a fun filled day that goes off without a hitch.

 

In our next post, we will show you how to verify a Working with Childrens Check

A guide to booking kids entertainment

Here at Absolute Clowns, we have been entertaining young and old at parties for over 20 years. With this experience, we know what works, what doesn’t so we have a few tips you should follow.

Our most popular events are kids birthday parties, christenings and wedding receptions.When people get in touch with us, they want to know what our clowns do, and how things progress.

This is what we tell them:

The Clown will start with a magic show that will go for about 20 minutes
After that, you have the choice of animal balloons, face painting and age appropriate games
How long the performer is there depends on the number of kids and the inclusions of your party package

We think it’s best to have your performer start 30 – 60 minutes after every one has arrived. If you’re starting around lunch or dinner time and plan to serve food, it’s best to allow about an hour so your guests don’t feel rushed.

The location of your party is up to you. It’s best to have an open space free of any obstructions or hazards. This could be an open indoor space or a back yard.

For outdoor parties, we always recommend a wet wither back up option. If the weather looks a bit gloomy in the week leading up to you party then you should plan for the party being held inside. Our performers are great at using any space and will happily adapt their routine for an indoor environment. Safety is always paramount, so this may mean there could be fewer running-around games if space is a bit tight.

We think that having your performer there for about an hour and a half is just right. It’s rare for performers to be booked for longer than two hours, and we usually only book this amount of time for really big parties.

Having one of our performers at your party is a great way to entertain the kids. This leaves you and your adult guests free to catch up and enjoy the day, without the stress of amusing your little attendees!